According to Daniel Solove, privacy is the power to conceal information about oneself that others might use to our disadvantage. Privacy is a right to conceal discreditable facts about ones’ self.
We don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable to competition through revealing our finances.
We don’t see the government as a threat, but we do feel vulnerable to our peers.
Is it because government is too big to care?
HE ALSO SITES:
Thomas Emerson declares that privacy ““is based upon premises of individualism, that the society exists to promote the worth and the dignity of the individual. . . . The right of privacy . . . is essentially the right not to participate in the collective life——the right to shut out the community.”
Amitai Etzioni contends that privacy is ““a societal license that exempts a category of acts (including thoughts and emotions) from communal, public, and governmental scrutiny.””
So we are sensitive to scrutiny and competition with our peers.